The 2021 Giro d’Italia has just finished but cycling fans can already follow another great cycling race. The Criterium du Dauphine which is held in France between the 30th May and 6th of June. The 2021 Criterium du Dauphine winner odds mention Ineos riders Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte as biggest favorites. But other GC riders will also have a chance of winning the first build-up event to the 2021 Tour de France.
Egan Bernal won this year’s first Grand Tour, the 2021 Giro d’Italia with a great performance from the whole Ineos team. Surely the team’s other riders will also try to impress the management this week in the 8-day event of the Criterium du Dauphine. With the lead of Geraint Thomas we can also find the 2020 Giro winner Teo Geoghegan Hart and Richie Porte in the team. While three-time Criterium winner Chris Froome will race for his new team, Israel Start-Up Nation, and try to get his first good result since his return. But he won’t have an easy task in the 73rd edition of the French race which is also part of the 2021 UCI World Tour. Other WorldTeams also bring some of their top mountain specialists but last year’s winner Daniel Martinez won’t compete this time.
2021 Criterium du Dauphine winner odds mention Thomas and Porte as top favorites
The 2018 Criterium du Dauphine winner Geraint Thomas is the biggest favorite of online sportsbooks in France to win again. The Ineos captain seems to be back in his best form after winning the Tour de Romandie last month. It was his first victory since winning the 2018 Tour de France which can motivate him for another great performance. His odds to win his second race of the season is 1.832.
His teammate, Richie Porte can be one of his biggest rivals who has the odds of 4.00 in the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine winner odds. The Australian rider finished second behind Thomas in the Tour de Romandie. The two-time Paris-Nice winner also finished second in this year’s Volta a Catalunya. It was another great result for his new team which he joined this season. Porte was third in last year’s Tour de France and he can even move up on the podium this year. But first he will need a great performance at this race which can also decide the hierarchy of the team.
Other GC riders who can win the Criterium
Jumbo-Visma rider Steven Kruijswick can also go for the victory here in the absence of Primoz Roglic. The Dutch rider finished third in the 2019 Tour de France and can be the biggest help to the Slovenian this time. But in the Criterium du Dauphine he has a chance of winning and the odds of 19.00 to do so. Kruijswick will need more luck though as last year. When he crashed out in the race and had to miss the Tour after due to his fractured shoulders.
Online gambling sites in France mention his teammate, American Sepp Kuss in the favorites as well. Kuss also supported Roglic in last year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, but can ride for himself now. Just like Columbian Miguel Angel Lopez, who leads the Movistar team. He won the Vuelta a Andalucia last week in a much easier field but can prove his skills again. He will be supported by his teammates, Enric Mas and still super strong Alejandro Valverde. Lopez has the odds of 17.00 to win here after last year’s fifth-place finish.